The PGAs of Europe Annual Congress 2011 will be staged at Hotel Tivoli Marina,Vilamoura, Portugal between Saturday 26th November and Tuesday 29th with an agenda of presentations and debate covering issues of golf and player development for the sport worldwide.
Supported once again by Glenmuir, Associaçäo Turismo do Algarve and the Ryder Cup European Development Trust, the Congress brings together, leading executives of the PGAs of Europe and member PGAs, the European Tour and Challenge Tour, the European Golf Association (EGA) and member Federation, The R&A, the Ryder Cup, the International Golf Federation (IGF) and the PGA of America.
Highlights of a Congress, that also features discussions on important in-house and other essential matters, will be a repeat of the highly successful Professional Golf Forum discussing such topics as global Golf Development, Player Development, the lifelong Education of PGA professionals, Golf in the Olympics and the Ryder Cup.
As always, the 72-hole PGAs of Europe International Team Championship (ITC) will be staged, at Vale de Lobo while the three-days of non-stop activity, with its attendant workshops and networking opportunities will have, as its grand finale, the Annual Awards Night and Gala Dinner.
This year the popular gala evening has a revised ‘menu of presentations’ in which the John Jacobs Coach of the Year award, Golf Development award and Lifetime Achievement Award have been added to the 5-Star Professional and the Christer Lindberg Bowl. Leading figures from both the administration of golf and tournament play feature in this segment of the agenda.
Also, in a break between three days of intensive discussion, the annual President’s Challenge golf day for delegates and speakers will take place at the Oceanico Victoria course, scene of the recent Portugal Masters in which Tom Lewis scored his maiden Tour victory in such dramatic fashion.
Included in the line-up of presentations by experts in their specialist field are:
- Working for Golf:Duncan Weir– Director of Golf Development, The R&A
- PGAs of Europe Education Framework: Tony Bennett – Director of Education, PGAs ofEurope
- Golf 2.0: A strategy for Golf Development: Paul Metzler – PGA of America
- Golf in the Olympics:AntonyScanlon- Executive Director, International Golf Federation
- The Special Olympics: Glenn Cundari – President, PGA ofCanada
- The role of tournaments in growing the game: Ian Randell – Chief Executive, PGAs of Europe and Alain de Soultrait – Executive Director, European Challenge Tour
- European Tour Performance Institute: Fredrik Lindgren – Head of European Tour Performance Institute
- The Coach / Player relationship (Q&A): Michael Bannon – Coach to Rory McIlroy
- Ryder Cup France 2018: Pascal Grizot – Chairman of the French Ryder Cup Committee and Christophe Muniesa – Executive Director, Fédération Française de Golf
- Why is European Golf enjoying such success and how do we sustain it? – Panel including George O’Grady – Chief Executive, European Tour and Sandy Jones – Chairman, PGAs of Europe.
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